Francis: SUPP’s door always open to former members

Datuk Francis Harden Hollis - file pic

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Aug 21: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) has always adopted an open-door policy for its former members to rejoin.

SUPP treasure-general Datuk Francis Harden Holis said that this also applied to former SUPP leaders who have left and formed United People’s Party (UPP) which name was later changed to Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).

“Our party is always open to those who aspire with our struggles and aspirations. This include new members and those who have left us but have decided to come back,” he told DayakDaily here today.

“Yes, they are always welcome back to the party. In fact, we have been waiting for them to come back. Even after the last state election, we have hoped that they will come back but they didn’t even though they stood to represent our party,” he added.

Francis was referring to PSB president Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, former PSB deputy president Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, Dudong assemblyman Datuk Tiong King Sing, Engkilili assemblyman Johnical Rayong and Opar assemblyman Dato Ranum Mina.

While Wong, Tiong, Ranum and Johnical have decided to depart from the party’s stand as Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)-friendly party to become a full-blown state-based opposition party, Dr Jerip has been silent on his next move and chose to remain party-less.

However, Dr Jerip’s political bearing will be known tomorrow when Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to announce a new Cabinet line-up since Wong had resigned from his portfolios on July 15.— DayakDaily